Antidepressants: Number of prescriptions for teenagers has now reached a million

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The National World news outlet, which publishes The Scotsman and other papers, has this piece by Hiyah Zaidi on the increasing numbers of UK youths on antidepressants—and the rise in prescriptions by general practitioners:  

“The number of teenagers who have prescriptions for antidepressants has reached one million in a year for the first time, new data has revealed.

The figures revealed one in 300 children aged 13 had been prescribed an antidepressant, but by the age of 19, one in 10 were taking them.

In 2022, 173,000 children aged 13 to 19 are using antidepressants, which rose by 6,000.

GP prescriptions for antidepressants to teenagers over the course of a year reached 1,005,972 – the highest on record.”

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